A couple of weeks ago I went to the market to do my normal shopping and I went in a side door. When I came out through the main door however I stumbled into a baffling array of mosses, small wooden houses, and even smaller plastic animals. ├é┬áProbably due to the fact that I’m not what you would call a Christmas expert did it take me a second to realize that these were all the makings of do-it-yourself nativity scenes, but taken to a new, unimagined on my part level. I was cursing the fact that I didn’t have my camera that day, but vowed to go back to record the craziness. So, when this past weekend I again stumbled out of a different market into a tent city of even more incredible Christmas crafting supplies, I put my groceries into my backpack, got out my camera, and prepared to ask a lot of people for permission to take pictures of their wares. It was all so overwhelming. I’m actually a little dissatisfied with what I captured, but it will have to do for now. Also, I was fighting a powerful urge to buy like 20-cubic centimeters of plastic animals and then figure out what to do with them later, but I resisted. Of course, there is still another week until Christmas and the markets are still going strong. Bad news for me is that we get paid next week…

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